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Muppets Auditions Sept 2005+

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by Fozzie Bear, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Thanks to Sweetums74 (Chris) for posting this information!

    The flier can be found here:

    Advertising will run in Backstage East and Showbiz Weekly in New York on August 25th. Grab these up for your collection if nothing else!

    UPDATE: (In order to keep the main information collected together in one spot so it doesn’t become confusing when looking for it amidst the other talk).

    Facts as we know them.

    For more information call The Muppets Audition Hotline at 407-828-1087. If you don’t get a live person, leave a message and they will call you back. (So far, Todd is the guy we’re hearing back from, super nice guy). Keep in mind when you are calling this number it is a BUSINESS number, don't just hang up, it's someone's office line!! That's bad mojo! Be PROFESSIONAL and courteous. This is a Florida phone number, and is where the remote office is located (on Disney grounds, but you will be working for The Muppets Holding Company, LLC).

    Auditions are tentatively scheduled during the fall at Los Angeles, Ca, New York, NY, or Toronto, Canada. Los Angeles looks like it will be around the end of September (26th?), and on September 8 for New York. Toronto will be later. Be sure to prepare for at least 2 days on the trip you will be making to the auditions because the first day will be auditions, the second day will be the call-backs. (If you are over-seas, there will be no auditions held there. My personal opinion is to see if anyone else is interested in coming along and sharing expenses for room, travel, etc.--Kev).

    Thursday, September 8. Call time 10:00 am, Ripley-Grier Studios 520 8th Ave, 16th Floor. Call backs are on Sept 9.

    Friday, September 23. Call time 10:00 am, Screenland Studios 10501 Burbank Blvd. N. Hollywood, CA 91601. Call backs are on Sept 24th.
    Screenland Studios (Yahoo Map)
    Break out your Thomas Guide or visit the following for directions:
    Kevin Clash and Martin Baker appeared in LA. Then, there were several Disney/MHC employees as well.


    Monday, November 7, 2005 10 AM
    Callbacks: Tuesday, November 8, 2005

    MCC, Limited, 111 Queen Street E, Ste 100, Toronto Canada
    (Closest intersection Queen and Church)

    Be sure when entering Canada from the US you have all proper documents (ie, government issued identification, birth certificate, passport...more info can be found at www.customs.org).

    Also, if you're going to the Toronto auditions and are planning a group dinner after they are completed let me know and I'll post the details here ~Kev.

    (This in from Buck-Beaver:)
    UPDATE 9/12/05: (From OverUnderAround)
    They are seeking experienced puppeteers with improvisational and vocal skills (including impersonating Classic Muppet Characters). Relocation is not required, however you must be available to travel. Must be at least 18 years old to audition. These are open call auditions, qualified candidates will receive a call-back. You will need a Performance Resume (see below).

    If you feel more comfortable bringing a puppet, do so. The first day of auditions will be done with ping-pong ball eyes. Puppets may be available at the call-backs. UPDATE: You may not be allowed to use your own puppets as the NY auditions didn't allow it.

    You might keep some monologue memorized from a Muppets production of some sort, but no need to formally prepare anything because you REALLY need to know the characters' voices/personalities so when you are working off another character, or person, during improvisation you're working with how the character behaves and performs. Be able to just go nearly nuts with the improv situation the way Muppets do!

    This will be for occasional Muppet Appearances and may be just one character or a bunch.

    Characters they are looking for people to be able to perform are:
    Dr. Bunson Honeydew
    They may not be against hearing some other characters, but these are really the ones that the company is casting for.
    (From Sesame Street they were asking for Bert, Ernie, Grover, Elmo, and Guy Smiley; by the end of the day Elmo and Guy Smiley were marked off).

    Sesame Workshop WILL be along for this audition tour--purposes unknown.

    Not officially announced, but things we’re pretty sure about:
    ~They are NOT looking for puppet builders during this audition.
    ~May not have to have your own puppet, they are still working out the details there.
    ~Don’t call with a list of characters you can perform, and don’t do character voices on the phone.
    ~This includes the Muppet characters listed above which are owned by The Muppets Holding Company, LLC. I’m quite sure this does NOT include Sesame Street characters as those are now owned by Sesame Workshop.

    (Thanks also to info collected here from KermieBaby47, ToasterBoy, Blink.)
    As more updates become available, I will post them here. This information is subject to change and is not 100% from the words of the company, but information fans have gathered. Todd has been invited to the forums, so hopefully he'll show up and disperse better information.



    Performance Resume Examples:
    Jinx: http://home.mcn.net/~fantom/pages/resume.html
    ToasterBoy: http://www.mrgrant.com/resume/

    The RESUME (From Bear, ToasterBoy, & Jinx)

    -If you don't have an answering machine or voice mail, get one. If there is no way to leave a message, don't expect them to keep calling you. They will move on.)
    -Theater experience (if any)
    -Film/Television Experience (if any)
    -Voice over (if any)
    -Training (important to include if you have any professional training when auditioning as an actor/performer)
    -Special Skills (can really help. List anything. Even if you know how to simply whistle or bark like a dog add it! You'd be surprised)

    -Also, if you have worked with one theater company multiple times, make the company a sub category of the theater section. Then list the shows for each company. It is a clean way to organize.

    -If you have performed as a live puppeteer, then it would work in the theater category.

    I would recomend that you always include the director's name along with theater/production company (which is a good idea if the director is at least somewhat well-known in the industry). They may recognize or know who you have worked with. Networking is often how we get jobs in the business. As far as theater & the like, put it all on there. it's all performance. You can even re-arrange the items depending on the audition. You can put all the puppet stuff up top for a puppet audition, all the theater up top for theater, etc.

    A resume should also never be more than one page. It is annoying. They don't want homework. You don't need to put everything you have ever done in your life. Just keep it down to the highlights. the good stuff. If you are 30 years old there is no need to keep high school productions on the resume. Most importantly, as has been stated here before, DO NOT LIE! Don't even stretch the truth. Your body of work is your body of work and you should be proud of it as it is.

    A photo is, in the industry, a professional necessity. Snapshots are almost never acceptable, it definitely pays to have a professional photographer do some good headshots. The ol' 8 X 10 black-and-white glossy is the standard here. On mine (printed version) I include my name and contact information printed right on the photo, in case it should get separated from my resume. I usually staple the headshot/resume together, although on some occasions I have printed the resume on the back of the photo itself.

    (I may miss thanking someone for helping keep this updated, but your help is always appreciated!)

    For those interested, Propologist has already posted pics up of the 9/24/05 puppeteer dinner: http://forum.muppetcentral.com/showthread.php?t=22197
  2. mummytomb

    mummytomb Well-Known Member

    I would appreciate people in the Los Angeles area disregarding this thread.
    It would be better not to stand in my way of achieving this goal. I want this more than any of you.
    Thank you.
  3. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    HA HA!! I'm safe. You didn't mention the folks coming there from Memphis!! :)
  4. scarylarrywolf

    scarylarrywolf Well-Known Member

    Hold the phone...

    So Disney is casting more Muppeteers? Does anyone know why they're doing this? I'm going to be starting school on the days they're auditioning in LA, so please don't make it sound too good :smirk:
  5. OverUnderAround

    OverUnderAround Well-Known Member

    Check out the thread:
    "So you want to audition for the Muppets"

    More overall Muppet fan conversations there based on these auditions.
  6. PaulyPuppets

    PaulyPuppets Well-Known Member


    Anybody knnow what the union situation is for this gig? Are members of Actors Equity Association or Screen Actors Guild able to audition, or is this a non-union gig? This is a major concern to resolve.
  7. OverUnderAround

    OverUnderAround Well-Known Member

    This is an excellent question...with no real answers yet.
    Some have said this is non-union, however part of this job is performing on the Disney Cruise ship, and many cruise ship performers sign Equity contracts. I don't know if this will be the case with this Disney job or not. For other things like photo shoots, I'm sure no union membership would be required.

    However all is not known yet about what directions these jobs will take in the future.

    Here's a rough guess. One Gonzo is picked (who has no union affliations) to do simple appearances like photo shoots. Another Gonzo (who might be a member of Equity) might be part of the Disney cruise ship show. Again that's just my personal guess.

  8. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    I'm going to hazard a guess and say this is non-union. I don't actually know that, but I don't think that any of Disney's other performers are unionized (outside of film/TV).
  9. PaulyPuppets

    PaulyPuppets Well-Known Member

    Actually Disney DOES operate under an agreement with Actors Equity Association for their stage shows. As far as Cruise ship work, employment in a non union show does not fall under Equity's jurisdiction because it is out at sea. I remember this from when I worked as a performer on a cruise ship. However, that was 15 years ago, and the rules may have changed.
  10. ScrapsFlippy

    ScrapsFlippy Well-Known Member

    Buck is right as far as MOST Disney puppeteers go. The vast majority are considered to be part of the Character Department, and are not union. I was told by a manager that we (Playhouse Disney - Live On Stage!) weren't union because we "lip-synced" to a prerecorded track.

    However, the few puppeteers in the park that perform with their own voices are members of AGVA (American Guild of Variety Artists). This includes (at Disneyland) the guy who plays "Iago" in the Aladdin live show, and used to include "Little Green Man #1" at the (recently discontinued) Buzz Lightyear show.

    I'm certain that given the above, the "Muppeteers" they hire will be unionized. If they only wanted to see card carrying members of Equity, SAG, AFTRA or AGVA, they wouldn't have made this an open audition.

    -- Scraps
  11. ScrapsFlippy

    ScrapsFlippy Well-Known Member

    I should say, I don't know anything about the union scene on the Disney Cruise lines. I have a friend who has worked as a dancer on the Disney Magic. If I see her, I'll ask her.

    -- Scraps
  12. Phantom

    Phantom Well-Known Member

    Just to break up all this union talk...good luck to all those who try and remember the words of Henry Ford...

    If you think you can or can't, you are right.​

    Go get'em. I want to hear lots of success stories like Scraps...
  13. chicamuppet

    chicamuppet Well-Known Member

    Oh my! Why must I live so far away???? Just say you all that are going to this marvellous casting GOOD LUCK GUYS!! And do keep cool, breathe well and achieve your dreams!
    Wanna have new about that ok?
  14. mummytomb

    mummytomb Well-Known Member

    It's going to be great finally getting to meet all of you. Maybe I'll see a few of you on Saturday!
  15. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I'm hoping to meet up with a few good folks from MC while I'm out there, plus make new friends even! I'm hoping Saturday night to get together with everyone for sure.
  16. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Okay, my itenerary:

    Flying Memphis to Burbank Airport on 9/21/05, returning on 9/25/05.

    Staying at Travelodge, 1112 N Hollywood Way, Burbank (not quite a mile from the studios).

    As more info comes along, I'll inform you all. Email me via my MC profile if you have any questions or comments.

  17. Jinx

    Jinx Well-Known Member

    Hey, Foz, we'll be neighbors! I'm staying at the same place, but I'm not flying in until Thursday morning.

    For some reason I just presumed you'd be going to the New York Auditions. We'll have to see what other MC folks are there and have a get-together of some kind. I thought I saw something about a trip to Disney's California Adventure or some such thing... I'll have to check the threads...
  18. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    I'm confused. I thought the NY auditions were tomorrow. And the LA auditions were on the 21st? Oh well, good luck to you all! I'm really excited to hear your stories!
  19. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    I don't remember when the NY auditions are, but the L.A. auditions are on Friday the 23rd.

    I wanna share my itinerary too!

    I'm staying at the Days Inn on 457 S. Mariposa Avenue, about 9 miles away (I almost booked a room at the Travelodge in Burbank too!). Flying in around 8:30 Thursday night (the 22nd), then flying back home Saturday night.

    Jinx, I was the one looking to get a bunch of us together to go to DCA! Lemme know if you're in! We could all meet up at the studios for the audition or wherever, and then head out from there when everyone who wants to go is done. And then, DINNER!!!

    I love food. :halo:
  20. Jinx

    Jinx Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a blast! I have a couple of friends in N. Hollywood and Studio City that I need to try to see while I'm there, but as long as it works with the schedule, count me in!

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